September 14, 2016 | Volume 9, Issue 9

RCSS News & Events



On Saturday September 17, 2016, twenty Ramona students, Mrs. Averill and Ms. Argueta participated in the annual Coastal Clean-up at Belmont Pier in Long Beach. These wonderful, willing students helped our Mother Earth by cleaning up trash that posed a danger to both human and sea life. Students helped remove waste varying from snack wrappers, bottle caps, to plastic containers; in addition, they notified beach supervisors of animal corpses, metal objects and 'used' sanitary items. The following Ramona students put SNJM values of service into action by helping our environmental world (Pope Francis would be proud!):



Maya Anguiano '20           

Erica Cai '17

Sofia Cerros '18

Nina Christansen '20  

Tori Concepcion '17

Briana Dominguez '20

Alexa Gomez '17

Tiffany Guzman '17

Cherry Liu '18

Frederica Liu '20

Grace Montero '19

Mikaela Nickles '20

Abigail Ocampo  '20

Angela Reyes-Gomez '18

Reanna Salvador '17

Paulina Sanchez '18

Danya Samson '20

Suzanne Tadros '18

Tina Thai '20     

Alina Xia '18

Paula Zepeda '20



Campus Ministry and ASB student leaders attended the Los Angeles Catholic Prayer breakfast this week, with Ms. Mansell and Mrs. Alvarez.

The Los Angeles Catholic Prayer Breakfast  brings people  from throughout the archdiocese together in community to pray and celebrate our Catholic faith. After a beautiful liturgy celebrated by Archbishop Jose H. Gomez and numerous Cardinals, Bishops, and priests, the guests enjoyed a delicious breakfast and an interesting talk by His Eminence Daniel Cardinal

DiNardo, the metropolitan archbishop of Galveston-Houston.

Tori Concepion, Dora Bezonsky, Maria Esquivel, Kathleen Ngo, Sophia Reyes, Blanca Sanchez,  Sabrina Solis, and Josephine Vargas represented Ramona at the event.



Today at our Honors Assembly, many of our students were recognized for their achievements at the end of last year, during the summer and so far this school year.  In order to give proper recognition, we will publish a few awards each week.


Sister Margaret Airey Science Award - recognizes not only achievement, but interest and effort in science classes.  It is given by the Airey Family in memory of Sister Margeret who graduated in 1957, taught here in the 60's, but died from cancer at an early age.  This year's awardee is MariaElena Gutierrez '17


Connie Parker Award  is given by the Parker Family in memory of Connie, Class of 1975.  She was an outstanding student, a leader and an athlete.  The award pays the athletic fees for a triathlete for her senior year.  Nicole Vargas '17 is this year's awardee.


Carli Cruz Volleyball Scholarship: Given by Carli's family in honor of her achievements in and passion for volleyball is awarded to Sabrina Avila '17.



National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of Americans of Hispanic/ Latino descent.

The observation, which begins on Sept. 15 to commemorate the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, started as Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968. In 1988, the observation was expanded to 30 days.


Students display some of the diverse titles in the Library collection. Front row (left to right): Jacqueline Huerta, 10th grade; Mia Fierros, 9th grade; Bryanna Lopez, 9th grade; Leslie Carrillo, 9th grade; and, Kristina Ramos, 9th grade. Back row (standing, left to right): Jessica Quintanilla, 10th grade; Kamila Campos, 9th grade; Paula Zepeda, 9th grade; and, Claire Sauter, 9th grade.


Stop by your Ramona Library to learn more, and join your friends in the Book Club in honoring the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society!



Do you like to create recipes at home but don't know what to try? Are you interested in cooking at events in the kitchen and learning how to make scones, cucumber sandwiches, and other tea time delights?


Ramona's own culinary club welcomes all students to learn more about creating delectable pastries and healthy meals. Join them at lunch every Week 1 Wednesday in Room 107 as they present demos for favorite recipes, teach culinary skills at events such as the Applicants' Tea, and post recipes on their new social media accounts!


You can all follow culinary club @rcss_culinary on Instagram and Twitter for club news such as meeting reminders, catering events, upcoming culinary competitions, and recipes they believe are worthy of tasting. Parents are especially welcomed to follow their accounts to learn more about how their daughters are performing or simply trying out a recipe we post every two weeks! If you have any questions about how to get involved or wish to suggest recipes you want to see, please email Senior Samantha Rivera (


The photo below features just a few of their club members:

Amina Shihab, Samantha Rivera, Madeline Garcia, Mr. Laborie (Moderator), Robyn Suarez, Karla Gochi, Josephine Vargas (not shown - she was busy cooking in the kitchen).




A UC rep will be visiting Ramona today from 3:30 to 4:30 to talk with the seniors about the new 8 questions that replace the old personal statement for the UC application. The meeting will be in room 28.



Mr. Chavarria would like to thank those who attended the 11th Grade Parent Meeting last night. He hopes that you left feeling more confident about the college process. Please know that he is committed to helping every student. Join him in encouraging your daughters to talk to him about their college plans.


Any parent who missed the meeting, is invited to view the PowerPoint presentation that was presented. If anyone has any questions, please do not hesitate in contacting him at



The Science Department is sponsoring a trip to the Catalina Island Marine Institute where students will be learning about oceanography, marine biology, and ecosystems.  This trip will take place from April 7-9, 2017. There are limited spots available. Please contact Mrs. Seager ( if you are interested in this opportunity.

2016-2017 Yearbook Memory Page Information


Purchase a dedication page and the memories will last forever! A limited number of full, half, and quarter memory pages are available for purchase. Pages are reserved on a first-come first-served basis and the deadline for reserving pages is Friday, October 14th. An order form can be downloaded here. Please contact Mrs. Fernandez ( if you have any additional questions.


Saturday, September 24, 2016



In the spirit of Smithsonian Museums, which offer free admission every day, Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Ticket! Get your tickets ASAP!


Treat yourself and someone special-maybe a dear family member or friend-- to a memorable day spent at one of the many participating museums, such as:

  • The Pasadena Museum of California Art
  • The Autry National Center
  • The Chinese American Museum
  • California Science Center
  • National Museum of the Holocaust
  • Fowler Museum at UCLA
  • Otis College of Art and Design, Ben Maltz Gallery
  • American Museum of Ceramic Art, and more!


HOW? -- Download tickets for a Museum near you at

QUESTIONS? --  See Mrs. Tegtmeier in the Library



Thursday, September 22nd

    West Coast College Tour


Friday, September 23rd

    West Coast College Tour

    Frosh Retreat (afterschool and overnight)


Saturday, September 24th

    Frosh Retreat concludes

    Alumnae and Friends Retreat

    West Coast College Tour


Monday, September 26th

    Board of Trustees - 4:30


Wednesday, September 28th

    Service Fair at Assembly

    International Culture Café 12:00


Friday, September 30th

    1:20 ID Picture Make up

    1:30 Faculty Meeting 



Sr. Kathleen Callaway, SNJM, President


Ms. Mary E. Mansell, Principal



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